Nebraska (album) by Bruce Springsteen

Nebraska
Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen (1982)
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Bruce Springsteen bestography

Nebraska is ranked 4th best out of 91 albums by Bruce Springsteen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run which is ranked number 52 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 41,846.

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Members who like this album also like: Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen, Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen and London Calling by The Clash.

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From kingofstorm 08/24/2019 07:33
I don't often pay attention to lyrics on an album, but here I had to because Springsteen often paints very deep and beautiful lyrics. Nebraska is such a different album from his previous works - it's more intimate, more personal, more darker and atmospheric. I prefer his other classics like Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Tunnel of Love, and Born in the USA to this album, but this is essential listening for any fan of the Boss and of rock music.
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From AgainstMeAgainstYou 03/28/2019 15:28
Despite Nebraska commonly being touted as "the Springsteen album for people who don't like Springsteen", this particular Springsteen fan ranks it as his best. It might not be quite as repeat-listenable as Born to Run or Darkness, but it's arguably got Bruce's best songwriting; even more than the E Street Band, even more than his guitar playing, the songwriting is what made Bruce the voice of the latter half American 20th century.
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From PeterSmith 03/03/2019 13:58
I like this album and the dark and mainly acoustic set. Would like to hear the version created with E Street Band although suspect it will not be as powerful
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From Rivera 02/03/2019 18:58
Unlike anything before or since from Bruce (or anyone else for that matter). It's dark, foreboding and depressing. But compelling as hell.
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From planetneutral 05/10/2018 00:44
Nothing by Bruce has ever had the same impact on me that Born in the USA did when I was a kid. But this has plenty of quality about it.
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From jnfbn 03/21/2018 16:12
His best, stands out from the rest of his discography, very dark and atmospheric
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From Bungalowracoon 10/18/2017 07:14
Bringing it back to basics
Incredible songwriting
Beautiful but dark stories
Raw and real
Not my favourite bruce but one I return to over and over again
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From cmoshier 08/21/2017 20:41
A very haunting record, influenced by the work of Suicide and Alan Vega. Bruce tried something completely new and it's fascinating.
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From jackbrown8786 07/19/2016 14:14
Nebraska is better than Born to Run, he's so very honest and down-to-earth on this masterpiece. the themes are nihilistic, dark, and consistent. it opens with a song about a ruthless, disaffected murderer from first person perspective. it continues with powerful lyrics on atlantic city: "I got debts no honest man could pay," "so I got 2 tickets on that coast city bus," "down here it's just winners and losers and don't get caught on the wrong side of that line, well I'm tired of comin' out on the losin' end, so honey last night I met this guy and I'm gonna do a little favor for him, well I guess everything dies baby that's a fact...."

every track after is told from the perspective of someone who's done or is doing something wrong for some reason or another. he tells it matter of factly, as though they're just unlucky, all just playing the cards they were dealt: "the bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away, now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man, but it was more than all this that put that gun in my hand." this, after being sentenced to life, b4 asking instead for the death penalty.... strong stuff.

another song is from the perspective of a cop who claims always to have done an honest job. his brother gets in trouble with the law though and in a high speed chase, the cop lets him get away. the cop's values, "a man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good" clashed with his duty to do his job and he did the only thing he really could have. he puts the reasons to catch his brother on one side of the scale, the reasons to let him go on the other, and the reasons to let him go just outweighed the reasons to catch him. he doesn't get to choose how important each reason is - how much weight they have. he doesn't get to choose for those reasons to exist in the first place. the understanding of how ppl can do terrible things and not place blame or judge is the point here. most ppl are too naive, short-sighted, ignorant, and stupid to agree with this point of view though, else this album would be ranked higher. of course you need your delusions of control, your "choice." lol, pathetic.

'reason to believe' is so powerful and a perfect closer. "struck me kinda funny, yeah it's funny sir to me/ how at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe." cold as ice. no BS from the boss, he tells it like it is. life's a b*&^% and then you die.

PERFECT album cover as well.

his more commercial material gains perspective from this. for the great production, the whole band, AND lyrics that are real, check out Darkness on the Edge of Town, another masterpiece of his, if Nebraska is too downbeat, stripped back, or depressing for you.
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Best Albums of 1982
1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
2. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
3. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
4. The Dreaming by Kate Bush
5. Pornography by The Cure
6. Avalon by Roxy Music
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